Adeline Lee is the program coordinator of PEN America’s Campus Free Speech Initiative, where she works to promote dialogue and understanding among free speech advocates, academics, cultural critics, and student leaders at the forefront of campus movements across the country.
In 2017-18, building off PEN America’s landmark And Campus for All report, she worked closely with senior leaders of four U.S. university and college campuses (U.C. Berkeley, Middlebury College, University of Virginia, and University of Maryland)—each grappling with major speech and race-related incidents—to convene four individually-tailored campus dialogues among diverse students, faculty, and administrators. Convenings explored the various roles of the university, the notion of campus as both a home for diverse identities, and open forum for debate, as well as the effects of hateful and offensive expression, making a case for how all participants could defend free expression on campus alongside meaningful advancements in diversity and inclusion. Lee is an alumna of the New York City Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and a graduate of Wellesley College, where she earned a BA in Sociology and was student body president.